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  1. Introductory Text

  2. PART I GENERAL DUTIES OF MINE OWNERS

    1. 1.General duties of mine owners.

  3. PART II MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL

    1. Managers and under-managers

      1. 2.Appointment, and general duties and powers, of mine managers.

      2. 3.Rights of mine manager with respect to instructions given by or on behalf of owner.

      3. 4.Qualifications of mine managers.

      4. 5.Limitation on number of mines which a person may manage.

      5. 6.Under-managers.

      6. 7.Temporary appointments during vacancy in office of mine manager or under-manager.

      7. 8.Daily supervision by mine managers and under-managers.

      8. 9.Charge of mine when neither manager nor under-manager nor substitute is present.

      9. 10.Duties of mine managers with respect to reading of reports, &c.

    2. Surveyors

      1. 11.Surveyors.

    3. Officials and technicians

      1. 12.Deputies.

      2. 13.Other officials, engineers, technicians, &c.

      3. 14.Duty of mine manager to ensure that persons appointed by him understand their duties.

    4. Provisions ancillary to foregoing sections

      1. 15.Notification to Ministry of appointments by mine owners.

      2. 16.Disqualification of contractors and their employees for appointment as managers, &c., of mines.

    5. Plans

      1. 17.Keeping of plans.

      2. 18.Furnishing of documents and information requisite for preparation of plans.

      3. 19.Faulty plans.

      4. 20.Transmission to Ministry, and preservation, of plans of abandoned or disused mines, seams and veins.

      5. S.21 rep. by SR 1980/333

  4. PART III SAFETY, HEALTH AND WELFARE

    1. Provisions for securing safe ingress and egress

      1. Ss. 22-25 rep. by SR 1998/375

      2. Ss. 26, 27 rep. by SR 1980/333

      3. 28.Provision of winding and haulage apparatus.

      4. S.29 rep. by SR 1980/333

    2. Safety precautions in connection with shafts, &c., and entrances to disused workings

      1. 30.Securing of shafts and staple-pits.

      2. 31.Safety precautions with respect to entrances to shafts, staple-pits and outlets.

      3. S.32 rep. by SR 1980/333

      4. Ss. 33-35 rep. by SR 1998/375

      5. 36.Prohibition of use of vehicles and conveyors in roads not affording free movement.

      6. 37.Transport rules.

      7. S.38 rep by SR 1980/333

      8. 39.Provisions for securing safety of foot-passengers in transport roads.

      9. 40.Provision of refuge holes.

      10. 41.Safety measures relating to use of vehicles.

    3. Provisions for securing safe operation of winding and rope haulage apparatus and conveyors

      1. 42.Charge of winding and rope haulage apparatus when persons are carried.

      2. 43.Charge of winding and rope haulage apparatus when persons are not carried.

      3. 44.Charge of conveyors at working faces.

      4. 45.Signalling in shafts and outlets.

      5. 46.Signalling in roads.

      6. S.47 rep. by SR 1980/333

    4. Support

      1. 48.Duty to secure safety of roads and working places.

      2. 49.Systematic support in coal, shale and fireclay mines.

      3. S.50 rep. by SR 1980/333

      4. 51.Supply of materials for support.

      5. 52.Withdrawal of support.

      6. 53.Duties of deputies in relation to support.

      7. 54.Provisions as to support rules.

    5. Ventilation

      1. 55.Duty to provide adequate ventilation.

      2. 56.Avoidance of danger from gas in waste.

      3. S.57 rep. by SR 1980/333

      4. 58.Provisions as to means of ventilation.

      5. 59.Prevention of leakage of air between airways.

      6. 60.Provision of barometers and other measuring instruments.

    6. Lighting, lamps and contraband

      1. 61.Lighting.

      2. 62.Permitted lights.

      3. S.63 rep. by SR 1980/333

      4. 64.Prohibition of taking into mines safety-lamps not provided by owner or of approved type.

      5. 65.Offences relating to safety-lamps.

      6. 66.Prohibition of possession of smoking materials in certain mines and parts of mines.

      7. 67.Prohibition of taking into certain mines and parts of mines of articles producing flames or sparks.

      8. S.68 rep. by SR 1980/333

    7. Blasting materials and devices

      1. 69.Blasting materials and devices.

    8. Fire precautions and provisions as to rescue

      1. S. 70 rep. by SR 1998/375

      2. Ss.71,72 rep. by SR 1980/333

      3. 73.Means of escape from rooms in which there is special risk of fire, &c.

    9. Dust precautions

      1. 74.Dust precuations.

    10. Precautions against external dangers to workings

      1. 75.Duty of mine owners and managers to seek evidence of proximity of disused workings, water-bearing strata, &c.

      2. 76.Duty of mine owners and managers to ascertain thickness of strata between workings and surface water.

      3. 77.General duty to take precautions against inrushes of gas, water, &c.

      4. S.78 rep. by SR 1980/333

    11. Duties of officials and workmen in cases of danger

      1. 79.Withdrawal of workmen in cases of danger.

      2. 80.Duty of workmen to deal with, or report, danger.

    12. Machinery and apparatus

      1. S. 81(1) rep. by SR 1993/19; subs. (2) rep. by...

      2. S. 82 rep. by SR 1993/19

      3. 83.Restrictions on use below ground of certain engines, &c.

      4. 84.Air, gas and steam containers.

      5. S. 85 rep. by SR 1999/304

    13. Buildings, structures, means of access, &c.

      1. 86.Buildings and structures to be kept safe.

      2. 87.Safe means of access and safe means of employment.

    14. Training and discipline

      1. 88.Restriction on doing of work by unskilled persons.

      2. 89.Penalization of failure to observe safety directions, &c.

      3. 90.Penalization of negligent acts or omissions and unauthorised removal, &c., of articles.

    15. First-aid

      1. 91.First-aid.

    16. Medical examinations and prohibition of heavy work

      1. S.92 rep. by SR 1980/333

      2. S. 93 rep. by SR 1992/535

    17. General welfare provisions

      1. 94.Sanitary conveniences

      2. 95.Measures against vermin and insects.

      3. S.96 rep. by SR 1980/333

      4. 97.Supply of drinking water.

  5. Notification and Investigation of Accidents and Diseases

  6. PART V WORKMEN'S INSPECTIONS

    1. 105.Inspections of mines on behalf of workmen employed thereat.

    2. S. 106(1),(2) rep. by 1990 NI 2; subs. (3) rep....

    3. S. 107 rep. by SR 1980/333

    4. S. 108-111 rep. by 1990 NI 2

  7. PART VII RECORDS, RETURNS AND INFORMATION

    1. 112.Form of official books and preservation and inspection of entries therein.

    2. 113.Records of certain appointments.

    3. 114.Provision of copies of this Act and other instruments.

    4. 115.Posting of notices.

    5. 116.Furnishing to workers of information with respect to this Act and orders and regulations thereunder.

    6. S.117 rep. by SR 1980/333

    7. 118.Notification of beginning and ending of certain mining operations.

    8. 119.Notification of change of ownership or name of mine.

  8. PART VIII REGULATIONS

    1. 120.Regulations.

    2. S.121 rep. by SR 1980/333

    3. 122.Variation, revocation, &c., of regulations.

    4. Part IX (ss.123‐125) rep. by 1974 NI 6; SR 1980/333...

  9. PART X GRANT, CANCELLATION AND SUSPENSION OF CERTIFICATES

    1. 126.Grant of certificates.

    2. 127.Cancellation or suspension of certificates.

  10. PART XI REGULATION OF TIPS AND FENCING OF ABANDONED AND DISUSED MINES

    1. 128.Regulation of tips.

    2. 129.Fencing of abandoned and disused mines.

  11. PART XII OFFENCES, PENALTIES AND LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

    1. 130.Offences.

    2. 131.Supplementary provisions as to offences.

    3. 132.Working, &c., of horses in parts of mine below ground.

    4. 133.Penalty for offences for which no express penalty is provided.

    5. 134.Defence available to person charged with offence not committed personally.

    6. 135.Persons not to be under liability for contraventions which it was impracticable to avoid or prevent.

    7. 136.Special defence available to mine under-managers with limited jurisdiction.

    8. 137.Liability of owners for breaches of statutory duty by their servants.

    9. 138.Liability of parents for unlawful employment of young persons.

    10. S.139 rep. by SR 1980/333

    11. 140.Removal or defacement of notices, &c.

    12. 141.Prosecution of offences.

    13. 142.Restriction on institution of certain proceedings.

    14. 143.Duty to report results of proceedings against persons employed at mines.

    15. 144.Liability of parents for unlawful employment of children.

  12. PART XIII MISCELLANEOUS AND GENERAL

    1. Supplementary provisions

      1. 145.Division of mines.

      2. 146.Provisions as to references upon notices served by the Ministry.

      3. S.147 rep. by SLR 1976

      4. 148.Parliamentary control of orders, rules and regulations.

      5. 149.Mode of service of notices under this Act.

      6. 150.Provisions as to exemptions, &c.

      7. 151.Articles certified or approved in Great Britain.

      8. S.152 rep. by SR 1980/333

      9. S.153 rep. by SLR 1976

      10. S.154 rep. by SR 1980/333

      11. 155.Application to the Crown.

    2. Interpretation

      1. 156.Meaning of “mine”

      2. 157.Meaning of “owner”.

      3. 158.General interpretation provisions.

      4. 159.Application of Act to training mines.

    3. Relationship of the Office and Shop Premises Act (Northern Ireland) 1966 and this Act in case of certain premises

      1. 160.Office and Shop Premises Act to continue to apply to colliery storage premises until appointed day.

    4. General

      1. S. 161 rep. by 1995 NI 12

      2. S.162, with Schedule 4, effects amendments; Subs. (1) rep. by...

      3. S.163, with Schedule 5, effects repeals

      4. S.164 rep. by SLR 1976; SR 1980/333

      5. 165.General savings.

      6. 166.Saving for persons managing certain small mines at commencement of this Act.

      7. 167.Saving for common law rights of workmen, &c.

      8. 168.Commencement.

      9. 169.Short title.

  13. SCHEDULES

    1. SCHEDULE 3

      INQUIRIES INTO FITNESS OF HOLDERS OF CERTIFICATES AND DELIVERY UP AND CUSTODY OF CERTIFICATES IN CONNECTION WITH PROSECUTIONS AND INQUIRIES

      1. PART I INQUIRIES INTO FITNESS OF HOLDERS OF CERTIFICATES

        1. 1.INQUIRIES INTO FITNESS OF HOLDERS OF CERTIFICATES AND DELIVERY UP AND CUSTODY OF CERTIFICATES IN CONNECTION WITH PROSECUTIONS AND INQUIRIES

        2. 2.INQUIRIES INTO FITNESS OF HOLDERS OF CERTIFICATES AND DELIVERY UP AND CUSTODY OF CERTIFICATES IN CONNECTION WITH PROSECUTIONS AND INQUIRIES

        3. 3.INQUIRIES INTO FITNESS OF HOLDERS OF CERTIFICATES AND DELIVERY UP AND CUSTODY OF CERTIFICATES IN CONNECTION WITH PROSECUTIONS AND INQUIRIES

        4. 4.INQUIRIES INTO FITNESS OF HOLDERS OF CERTIFICATES AND DELIVERY UP AND CUSTODY OF CERTIFICATES IN CONNECTION WITH PROSECUTIONS AND INQUIRIES

        5. 5.INQUIRIES INTO FITNESS OF HOLDERS OF CERTIFICATES AND DELIVERY UP AND CUSTODY OF CERTIFICATES IN CONNECTION WITH PROSECUTIONS AND INQUIRIES

        6. 6.INQUIRIES INTO FITNESS OF HOLDERS OF CERTIFICATES AND DELIVERY UP AND CUSTODY OF CERTIFICATES IN CONNECTION WITH PROSECUTIONS AND INQUIRIES

        7. 7.INQUIRIES INTO FITNESS OF HOLDERS OF CERTIFICATES AND DELIVERY UP AND CUSTODY OF CERTIFICATES IN CONNECTION WITH PROSECUTIONS AND INQUIRIES

        8. 8.INQUIRIES INTO FITNESS OF HOLDERS OF CERTIFICATES AND DELIVERY UP AND CUSTODY OF CERTIFICATES IN CONNECTION WITH PROSECUTIONS AND INQUIRIES

        9. 9.INQUIRIES INTO FITNESS OF HOLDERS OF CERTIFICATES AND DELIVERY UP AND CUSTODY OF CERTIFICATES IN CONNECTION WITH PROSECUTIONS AND INQUIRIES

        10. 10.INQUIRIES INTO FITNESS OF HOLDERS OF CERTIFICATES AND DELIVERY UP AND CUSTODY OF CERTIFICATES IN CONNECTION WITH PROSECUTIONS AND INQUIRIES

      2. PART II DELIVERY UP AND CUSTODY OF CERTIFICATES IN CONNECTION WITH PROSECUTIONS AND INQUIRIES

        1. 11.INQUIRIES INTO FITNESS OF HOLDERS OF CERTIFICATES AND DELIVERY UP AND CUSTODY OF CERTIFICATES IN CONNECTION WITH PROSECUTIONS AND INQUIRIES

        2. 12.INQUIRIES INTO FITNESS OF HOLDERS OF CERTIFICATES AND DELIVERY UP AND CUSTODY OF CERTIFICATES IN CONNECTION WITH PROSECUTIONS AND INQUIRIES

        3. 13.INQUIRIES INTO FITNESS OF HOLDERS OF CERTIFICATES AND DELIVERY UP AND CUSTODY OF CERTIFICATES IN CONNECTION WITH PROSECUTIONS AND INQUIRIES

        4. 14.INQUIRIES INTO FITNESS OF HOLDERS OF CERTIFICATES AND DELIVERY UP AND CUSTODY OF CERTIFICATES IN CONNECTION WITH PROSECUTIONS AND INQUIRIES

        5. 15.INQUIRIES INTO FITNESS OF HOLDERS OF CERTIFICATES AND DELIVERY UP AND CUSTODY OF CERTIFICATES IN CONNECTION WITH PROSECUTIONS AND INQUIRIES

        6. 16.INQUIRIES INTO FITNESS OF HOLDERS OF CERTIFICATES AND DELIVERY UP AND CUSTODY OF CERTIFICATES IN CONNECTION WITH PROSECUTIONS AND INQUIRIES

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